When we sing together, we are corporately singing the praises of our God. It’s a participatory activity. “Songs We Sing” is an weekly effort to help us better learn the songs we are singing as well as to gather some small insight into what we are singing. If you’d like a copy of the songs listed, a link is provided (where available). For the services of December 13, 2015, CCJ band Always At The Ready led music and we sang:
HERE IS OUR KING
Written by David Crowder, 2005. God is a God of redemption and forgiveness. “Here is our God who’s come, to bring us BACK to Him. He is the One, He is Jesus!”
Buy “Here Is Our King” by David Crowder Band.
HARK THE HERALD ANGELS SING
Written by Charles Wesley, 1739; Music by Felix Mendelssohn, 1840. The first verse is often the only one sung, but this song is rich in some of the other verses. “Second Adam from above/Reinstate us in Thy love.” Jesus breaks the curse of the fall so we should sing “GLORY to the newborn king” when we celebrate Christ’s birth.
Buy “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” by Sojourn here.
YOU ARE MY VISION
Written by Eleanor Henrietta Hull, Mary Elizabeth Byrne, Rend Collective; 1919, 2011. This is a modern rendition of the hymn “Be Thou My Vision.” The lyrics of the first verse set the tone for what we are singing: “You are my vision/O King of my heart/Nothing else satisfies only You Lord.” This is truth.
Buy “You Are My Vision” by Rend Collective.
HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD
Written by Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, Jesse Reeves, 2004. It’s funny how a song that’s less than a decade old can seem like it’s a million years old. This is, without a doubt, one of the most popular song sung in churches for the past several years. In reality, it’s a simple song of praise to our great God (“the name above all names/worthy of all praise”).
Buy “How Great Is Our God” by Chris Tomlin.
COME THOU LONG EXPECTED JESUS
Written by Charles Wesley, 1745 and Rowland Prichard, 1830. A song of longing and expectation for God to free us from sin and bondage.
Download “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus (Live at CCJ)” by Narrow Path.
Written by Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman; 2010. “Our God” is one of the most popular songs sung in churches in the past few years. The bridge is especially, powerful, echoing Romans 8. “And if our God is for us, then who could ever stop us? And if our God is with us, then what could stand against?”
Buy “Our God” by Chris Tomlin.